News You Can Use – 1,000 Southwest Points With TurboTax, New Hyatt Suite Upgrade Rules, More WOW Air Flights, Free Hertz Points

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1.   Get 1,000 Free Southwest Points for Filing Your Taxes

Link:   TurboTax Southwest Promotion

Folks on Reddit report you can get 1,000 Southwest points when you file your taxes with TurboTax this year.

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If You Have Simple Taxes, File With TurboTax and Get 1,000 Southwest Points!

And, the free online version of TurboTax qualifies for this deal, so the extra Southwest points cost you nothing!

To get the offer, files your taxes by April 18, 2016 (or April 19, 2016, for folks in Maine and Massachusetts), and be sure to click through this page.

Lots of folks commented they had to follow-up with Southwest to receive their bonus points.  And keep in mind federal taxes are free to file, but you may have to pay to file state taxes, depending on where you live.

This promotion isn’t right for everybody.  I do NOT recommend filing your taxes with TurboTax just to earn free points.  But if y’all were planning to file online anyway, this is an easy way to build your Southwest points balance!

2.   Hyatt Suite Upgrades Have New Expiration Rules

Via The Points Guy, Hyatt has tweaked their policy for Diamond Suite Upgrade certificates.  Previously, an upgrade could be applied to reservations after its expiration date, as long as the suite was confirmed before it expired.

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Hoping to Use Your Diamond Suite Certificate to Upgrade Your Room? Now You’ll Have to Stay Before the Expiration Date

But for upgrade certificates issued on March 1, 2016, you’ll have to complete your stay before they expire on February 28, 2017.

It’s a change that enforces the expiration date more closely.  And it’s something to be aware of if you were lucky enough to get free Hyatt Diamond status in late 2015.

Keep in mind you can confirm a suite upgrade at booking up to 4 times per year with Hyatt Diamond elite status, even if you got the 4th night free through Citi Prestige.  That makes 1 of the 10 best deals in travel even “suite-r!” 🙂

3.   WOW Air Will Fly Daily From Baltimore Starting June 2016

Link:   WOW Air Flights to Reykjavik

Good news for folks in Washington, DC (Baltimore)!  Starting June 2016, WOW Air will increase its flights from Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik from 4 to 5 flights per week to every day.

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I Loved My Trip to Iceland and Enjoyed My WOW Air Flight! You Can Often Snag a Seat for as Low as $99 1-Way in Coach

Fares on this route are sometimes as low as $99.  And usually very cheap other times.  I flew WOW Air on my trip to Iceland and enjoyed my flight very much.  And Icelanders surprised me with their kindness!

Baltimore is 1 of the best cities for cheap flights.  And WOW Air flies to Iceland (and beyond) from Boston, too.

And starting in June 2016, folks in Los Angeles and San Francisco will be able to get to Europe cheaply on WOW Air 

I’m always glad to hear about new options to Europe.  And I’ll let you know if I find any excellent flight sales!

4.   Get 25 Free Hertz Points

Link:   Hertz Winter Bonus Promotion

Hertz has a promotion to earn free car rental days when you register for their Winter Bonus promotion and complete at least 2 rentals.

But, you’ll earn free Hertz points for simply registering!

News You Can Use 1,000 Southwest Points With TurboTax New Hyatt Suite Upgrade Rules More WOW Air Flights Free Hertz Points

If You Plan to Rent With Hertz, You Can Earn Free Rental Days. Or Earn 25 Points When You Register for the Winter Bonus Promotion!

To earn 25 Hertz points, all you have to do is enter your Hertz member number on the promotion page and click “Register.”

While this won’t extend the life of your Hertz points, it takes ~1 minute or less to sign-up.  And it all adds up.  I won’t say no to free points!

The deal is even better if you have rentals with Hertz coming up this winter.  Register by March 23, 2016, to earn a free weekend rental day after you complete at least 2 rentals.  Three rentals earns you 2 free weekend days, and 5+ rentals get you a free week!

Let me know if you took advantage of these deals!

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3 responses to “News You Can Use – 1,000 Southwest Points With TurboTax, New Hyatt Suite Upgrade Rules, More WOW Air Flights, Free Hertz Points

  1. If you go through the Rapid Rewards shopping portal and search “TurboTax” it brings up the 1,000 point bonus offer. Might be better to go that route to avoid having to follow up with SW about missing miles.

  2. D– as an Ex-CPA you should know the value of getting your taxes prepared and looked over by a professional… is messing up your taxes and going through an audit really worth 1k southwest points?

    If your kid has an EZ form, go for it— but anyone else…. Taxes are your #1 life expense… don’t take it lightly with DIY cloud software.

  3. @Andrew – Excellent tip. Thank you for sharing!

    @Chane – I agree. And only recommend the Southwest TurboTax offer for folks with simple taxes (like a single W-2). And NOT to do this just for the points.